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William W. Norton (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »
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If You Haven't Seen "White Lightning" You Haven't Seen Burt Reynolds See more »
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Cast

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Burt Reynolds ... Gator McKlusky
Jennifer Billingsley ... Lou

Ned Beatty ... Sheriff J.C. Connors

Bo Hopkins ... Roy Boone

Matt Clark ... Dude Watson
Louise Latham ... Martha Culpepper

Diane Ladd ... Maggie (as Diane Lad)

R.G. Armstrong ... Big Bear
Conlan Carter ... Deputy

Dabbs Greer ... Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan ... Warden
John Steadman ... Skeeter
Iris Korn ... Ma McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield ... Jenny
Barbara Muller ... Louella
Robert Ginnaven ... Harvey
Fay Martin ... Sister Linda Fay
Richard Allin ... Treasury Agent
Bill Bond ... Treasury Agent
Sherry Boucher ... Sherry Lynne
Glenn R. Wilder ... Junior (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker ... Highway Patrol

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Highway Patrol
Cathy Finley ... Student
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Laura Dern ... Sharon Anne, Maggie's Daughter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
 
Writing credits
William W. Norton (written by) (as William Norton)

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer
Arnold Laven .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Rosson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Jay Nicholson  (as George Nicholson)
 
Casting by
Ross Brown 
 
Set Decoration by
Eric Gorder 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Butler (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist
Marlene Kolstad .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Elliot Schick .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Efros .... second assistant director
Hal Needham .... second unit director
Edward Teets .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Fairbanks .... property master
Craig Binkley .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Donald F. Johnson .... sound (as Don Johnson)
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects editor (as Marv Kerner)
John Lipow .... sound effects editor
Hal Watkins .... sound re-recordist
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt double: Burt Reynolds (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack L. Richards .... photographer: second unit (as Jack Richards)
Warren Burke Gerrard .... best boy (uncredited)
John Isaacs .... gaffer (uncredited)
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Mazawa .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Nichols .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Ed Nielson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Segura .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lonnie Stewart .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Tureen .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Van Auken .... key grip (uncredited)
Joseph Viveros .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Vombrack .... camera operator: Chicago (uncredited)
Julian Wilson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Butler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Rudy Beilicke .... driver: Cinemobile (uncredited)
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation driver (uncredited)
Hank Nesel .... transportation driver (uncredited)
Howard A. Small .... transportation driver (uncredited)
James Womack .... transportation driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James R. Rokos .... assistant to producers (as James Rokos)
Millie Rorke .... assistant to producers
Connie Bixler .... travel coordinator (uncredited)
Stanley Brooks .... disbursing agent: UA (uncredited)
Natalie Drache .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jean Gingerich .... location auditor (uncredited)
Sherry Meller .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Teresa Stokovic .... production secretary (uncredited)
Arthur Wilde .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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101 min
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Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the sheriff drives his car into the river, it can be seen to have no windshield or rear window.See more »
Quotes:
Big Bear:[holding a knife at Gator's throat] You can eat my grub... I'll let you haul my whiskey... but don't you ever do me no *wrong*!
Gator McKlusky:How'd you like that knife shoved up yer ass?
Big Bear:[long pause] I wouldn't like that at all.
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Soundtrack:
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
What Burt Reynolds Should Have Been, 29 October 2003
Author: webmaster-49 from Salem, OR

Some people renting this expecting "Gator" style silliness are probably in for a surprise. This movie had a lot more of a "Deliverence" feeling than I expected, and felt authentic to the South of the 1970s. Ok, I wasn't there at the time, so it could be completely wrong. But it was convincing.

This is what Reynolds could have been--a middleweight serious Southern Action actor, like a cornpone Marlon Brando. There's just enough meat on the script to get the old mental wheels turning, and just enough action that it doesn't turn into one of those boring intellectual films about the Bad Ol' South. All in all, a good, interesting, tight movie.

Of course, it unfortunately led to "Gator" -- a bloated mess -- a few years later. Watching them back to back, it's pathetic to watch how Reynolds declined into a buffoon. As he showed in Boogie Nights, he's quite capable of playing serious dramatic roles. Too bad he didn't follow through on the promise of White Lightning, but I'm sure the $$$ were better for the garbage films he later made.

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